There are thousands upon thousands of classic and modern artists that I could focus on when I write posts that deep-dive into one particular act or group, but I try to focus more on music education rather than the artists themselves. On rare occasions, though, I like to share a few quotes and perspectives from music artists that have really left a mark.
Mac Miller is one of those special artists whose journey can positively affect all different types of people, whether they create music themselves or are just fans of the art.
Mac's words touched many different aspects of life, including creativity, love, and success. Here are some standout quotes that I would like to share that can inspire you, make you think, or even make you laugh.
"I’ve been laughed at, hated on, no one would even play my songs. Wouldn’t even listen to anything that my name was on." - Mac Miller
"I flood the Internet with what I think is quality content. That’s why I did things like giving out a song every 100,000 Twitter followers because I am just looking for ways to get my fans to hear all this music without oversaturating things." - Mac Miller
"My ideology was, If I just make very happy music, very happy music, then people will forget about whatever their problems are. I will forget about my problems." - Mac Miller
"Performing for 60,000 people, that’s easy. The energy’s already there. They’re already doing most of the work. All you gotta do is not forget the words – and feed them energy, too." - Mac Miller
"Every single person in my life and every relationship I have is distant because all I do is music." - Mac Miller
"It never gets boring for me because there’s so many different things to explore in the studio. The studio’s become the sanctuary that people have come in and found new things out about themselves, as weird as that sounds. But it’s true, I’m no different. I’ve made some crazy hard records, and I’ve made a jazz album." - Mac Miller
"I'm gonna make music, and I'm gonna capture every aspect of being a human being. That's really all I'm trying to do. I think that artists and pop culture identities are used to simplify what it means to be a human and pigeon-hole people into looking up to one role model." - Mac Miller
"I used to just think about what my fans wanted all the time, but it just started feeling weird to me. I want to just show everyone who I am and stick to my vision. I have to trust myself." - Mac Miller
"I play a bunch of instruments, like piano, drums, guitar and bass, and the kazoo every now and then. I’m trying to learn how to play the trumpet and the saxophone. That’s what I’m learning how to play." - Mac Miller
"You can be labelled but if it doesn’t speak to people then it won’t work. The social media and online has been really important. Fans are really smart too: they don’t want to hear something manufactured or something that has too much marketing behind it." - Mac Miller
"When you feel sad, it's okay. It's not the end of the world. Everyone has those days when you doubt yourself, and when you feel like everything you do sucks, but then there's those days when you feel like Superman. It's just the balance of the world. I just write to feel better." - Mac Miller
"When I was in a meeting, I got advice. That was someone telling me that in order to be successful, I needed to create the character Mac Miller that couldn’t be the same person as who I really was." - Mac Miller
"The number one reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they’ve gotten." - Mac Miller
"As I learn more about myself, I think people learn more about me as well. It seems to correlate that way. I learn how to represent myself more as it goes on." - Mac Miller
"Being famous used to just defeat me. I wouldn’t leave my house because I was worried about someone being like, ‘Oh, are you Mac Miller?’ and then the rest of the night I couldn’t be myself." - Mac Miller
"When being unable to differentiate a good from a bad decision—it has become time to follow your heart." - Mac Miller
"When you first get sober, you feel like a superhero. You feel real emotion because you've been suppressing it forever. It's so much easier to navigate what's important." - Mac Miller
"I think, a lot of times, people just want to be cool, and to be in love is not cool. But I think it's the coolest. I think love is the coolest thing that there is." - Mac Miller
"People change, and things go wrong, but just remember, life goes on." - Mac Miller
"In the quest to be a man, you start to learn you need your family. If it wasn’t for them, I’d be way closer to insanity." - Mac Miller
"Go through the worst to reach the ecstasy." - Mac Miller
"They’re gonna try to tell you no, shatter all your dreams. But you gotta get up, and go and think of better things." - Mac Miller
"It’s hard to dream when you’re deep inside of one." - Mac Miller
"I ain’t no hipster, but girl I can make your hips stir." - Mac Miller
"Someone told me sleep was the cousin of death and followin' the dollar finds nothin' but stress." - Mac Miller
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